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Images Of Europeans: In-Group Trust And Support For European Integration

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Prior research on citizen support for European integration does not consider how individuals' evaluations of European nationalities are associated with support. This paper fills this gap by developing a political cohesion model based on social identity theory. The author claims that the probability of supporting integration increases with greater levels of trust in fellow Europeans, which assumes to reflect their positive images. Also, trust in northern EU nationalities improves the probability for support, more so than trust in the southern nationalities due to the latters' lower economic development.

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